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A39 will be closed until midday after crash

The A39 in Cornwall is closed in both directions between Penryn and Devoran.

The closure comes into effect at the B3292 (Treluswell Roundabout) and is causing congestion on the A39 to the A394.

It's after an accident involving two vehicles early this morning (4 November). The road closure is expected to last until midday.


Newquay airport's controversial £5 fee to be scrapped

The £5 tax on passengers flying from Newquay Airport will be scrapped next year Credit: ITV News

A controversial tax on passengers flying from Newquay Airport is to be scrapped. Cornwall council has taken the decision to remove the £5 fee from the end of March next year. The hope is that it will help encourage new airlines to fly from the airport.

The council says since “public service obligation” was introduced there's been an increase in the numbers of people using the airport.

Adam Paynter, the council’s cabinet member for resources, said that this had resulted in higher revenues which had, in turn, led to a reduction in the current level of subsidy provided to the airport.

Ryanair are holding a press conference tomorrow regarding the changes.

Revealed: the £2 billion plan for South West roads

Road improvements are part of a plan to improve connections to the South West and boost the economy Credit: ITV West Country

Highways England has set out how £2 billion of government investment to improve the capacity of roads in the South West will be used.

By 2021
a series of improvements will be developed along motorways and A roads
Levels of funding that will be spent on roads by the end of the decade

The plans aim to make journeys faster and more reliable, and boost the region's economy.

Highways England, the government-owned company which took over responsibility for England’s motorways and major A roads earlier this year, has set out its plan for the South West.

Highlights include:

  • Improvements to the M5 J23 at Bridgwater - which will support proposals to develop around 5,000 new homes and create more than 4,000 new jobs
  • An upgrade for the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross in Cornwall - this will support local plans which would see an increase of over 22,000 homes and more than 11,000 jobs
  • Dualling the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester
  • Dualling the A358 from the M5 at Taunton to the A303 at Southfields
will be spent on resurfacing between 2015-2016

Millions of pounds worth of funding has also been promised for maintenance schemes, making provisions for cyclists, and for improving the environment.

Our road network connects, people, places and business and this new investment will bring huge improvements to journeys around the South West

– Andrew Page-Dove, Highways England Regional Director

The £2 billion investment in the South West of England will significantly improve journeys and help create jobs.

– Andrew Jones, Roads Minister
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